Over 1,200 test positive for H1N1 in Oman


The National Committee for Follow-up and Management of H1N1 said new cases detected in the past few days had taken the total number of affected people in the country to 1,263. Excepting the newly reported cases, it added, all patients had now fully recovered.

The committee also said most of the affected people were in the Muscat governorate followed by the governorate of Dhofar, Oman’s southern province, adding that it was closely watching developments related to the disease.

The latest fatality from swine flu in the country is a 23-year-old national who was admitted to ICU upon his arrival at the hospital. “He was provided with appropriate medical care and antibiotics but his response to medication was poor,” the committee said.

It underlined that smokers, obese, pregnant women and patients suffering with pulmonary diseases were highly vulnerable to the complications of H1N1. The committee called on citizens and expatriates to visit the nearest health centre in case they felt any of the symptoms of the disease.

Meanwhile, the Supreme H1N1 Committee, set up earlier this week by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said to oversee the national drive against the disease, held its first meeting here on Monday under the chairmanship of the Minister of the Diwan of Royal Court.


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